Scientists Use Termite Mounds & Other Strange Objects To Unravel Climate Change History

By Patrick Morgan | March 1, 2011 8:53 am

Climatologists have long used tree rings and ancient ice to track global warming trends—and while they’re currently the methods of choice for most researchers, other scientists have found some clever (and boarderline bizarre) ways of studying our changing climate. Some clever scientists are finding hidden climate clues in places you wouldn’t expect, from old newspapers to impressionist paintings.

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Images: flickr / Zoe Hao ; DISCOVER / Courtesy of American Journal of Botany ; Wikimedia Commons / J.M.W. Turner ; Carnegie Institute

  • The Sanity Inspector

    There’s that word “predictor” again. For the uninformed, it means predicting what results in the historical record will be found, not predicting what will happen in the future.



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    People who have no Sanity are the ones who don’t study history and are due to lose the lessons of history and are therefore unable to make any kind of prediction about the FUTURE.


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